Program overview

This is an overview of the Spring 2017 course offerings.

It will be adjusted on an ongoing basis, but do check the calendar for changes to dates and descriptions.


How to Meditate

with Ven. Sangye Khadro

Thursdays 19-21

This is a course based on Sangye Khadro’s book, How to Meditate.

Feb. 9 Clarity of the Mind

Feb. 16 Continuity of the Mind

Feb. 23 Body of Light

March 2 Appreciating our Human Life

March 9 Impermanence

March 16 Awareness of Death

March 23 Karma

March 30 Purification of Karma

April 6 The Unsatisfactoriness of Life (Suffering)

April 27 Working with Anger

Heart like the Sky
Introduction to basic Mahamudra

with Stephan Pende Wormland

3 Sundays- Feb 19, Mar 12, Apr 30


The Six Perfections

with Ven. Mary Reavey

April 7-9


The Psychological Nature of Suffering

Talk with Rob Preece

May 18

Awakening the Energy Body

with Rob Preece

May 19-21


Discovering Buddhism

with Ven. Sangye Khadro (with some exceptions)

Tuesdays 19-21

plus a weekend course on Apr 7-9 with Ven. Mary Reavey

Discovering Buddhism is a program taught in many FPMT centres around the world. It was designed by senior western teachers in the FPMT as a program to give participants a good foundation in the teachings and practices of Mahayana Buddhism. It is made up of 13 modules, covering different topics, and takes about 2 years to complete.

  1. Mind and Its Potential: 5 Tuesdays- Jan 10, 17, 24, and 31, and Feb 7 Plus a weekend course on Apr 7-9 with Ven. Mary Reavey

Mind and Its Potential explores the nature of the mind, its importance in our experiences of happiness and suffering, and some methods one can use to experience more happiness and less suffering.

2. How to Meditate: 3 Tuesdays- 14, 21 & 28 February

In this course you will learn some of the basics of meditation: the purpose of meditation according to Buddhism, how to set up a meditation session, an introduction to the different types of meditations used in the Tibetan tradition, and how to deal with hindrances to meditation. There will be guided meditations sessions on several different meditation methods.

3. Presenting the Path: 7, 14, 21 & 28 March, and 4 & 11 April

This course begins with a brief story of the Buddha’s life, and goes through some of his most important teachings that he gave. The main focus of the course is an overview of the path to enlightenment as explained in Tibetan Buddhism.

4. Upcoming modules will be announced as information becomes available…

The Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim)

The first module of the FPMT Basic Program

with Ven. Sangye Khadro

5 weekends plus a one-week study and practice retreat

The Path to Enlightenment (Lam Rim) is a step-by-step way to transform one’s unenlightened mind into an enlightened mind. The practices included in the Lam-rim also help us to deal with problems we encounter in life, to experience greater happiness and peace, to have better relationships with friends and family, and a more meaningful and satisfying life.

  1. Precious Human Rebirth: Jan 28-29
  2. Impermanence and Death: Feb 25-26
  3. Rebirth and the Different Realms of Existence: Apr 1-2
  4. Refuge: May 6-7
  5. Karma: Jun 10-11
  6. Study and Practice retreat: Jun 30 – Jul 7
Pujas and Prayers

Medicine Buddha Puja

Led by senior students

Selected Wednesdays


Tara Puja

Led by senior students

Selected Wednesdays

 Wish Granting Sovereign

Led by senior students

Selected Wednesdays